Ryan Reynolds signed on to star in 20th Century Fox’s Free Guy, with Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy attached to direct. The film is one of several projects that Reynolds has lined up for the coming years. Next up for the actor is 6 Underground, the somewhat mysterious Michael Bay project coming to Netflix. Contrary to prior rumor, 6 Underground is not actually a secret Thundercats movie.
Reynolds is also set to reprise the role of Michael Bryce in the Hitman’s Bodyguard sequel awkwardly entitled The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, which will re-team him with Samuel L. Jackson. Of course, Reynolds is also set to play Deadpool again in the X-Force movie being set up with Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz in the cast and Cabin in the Woods helmer Drew Goddard set to direct. Reynolds will also play the voice of the titular Pokémon character in the live-action/CGI hybrid film Detective Pikachu.
Add to Reynolds’ busy slate another project which sounds well-suited to his particular talents. As reported by Deadline, Reynolds is attached to 20th Century Fox’s Free Guy, which has attracted Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy to direct. Described as being in the vein of The Truman Show, the movie is based on a spec script about an office worker named Guy living out a drudgery of a life who discovers he’s actually a background character in a violent open world video game. But now the game is about to be shut down and replaced with a sequel, and Guy must save his world by convincing everyone else they’re actually living in a video game and starting a revolution.
Free Guy’s high-concept script comes from Matt Lieberman, the hot screenwriter who is currently attached to multiple big projects including the animated Addams Family, the upcoming animated Scooby-Doo movie from Warner Animation Group and Dimension’s planned Short Circuit remake. Director Levy adds this project to a slate that already includes the Joe-Carnahan penned action-adventure Uncharted with Tom Holland, the Starman remake and the sci-fi drama Crater also being set up at Fox.
After establishing himself as a franchise lead with Deadpool and Deadpool 2, Reynolds appears to be cashing in by hopping aboard projects that will give him a better chance to showcase himself as an actor. With its parallels to The Truman Show and The Matrix, Free Guy sounds like both an intriguing high-concept action story and an interesting opportunity for Reynolds to play more of a regular Joe after making hay in the superhero realm for the last few years.